Actually, Steve Jobs Did Want Us to Use Our iPhones Like This (Premium)


A recent editorial about smartphone obsession is well-intended, but it gets the history of Steve Jobs and the iPhone all wrong.

Cal Newport is a computer scientist and author, according to the byline of his recent New York Times editorial, Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This. I’m a bit peeved that gets credit for ideas that others have long had---like my notion of “deep work,” which I independently added as a daily block to my calendar many years ago---but he has done a good job of marketing himself and his self-help advice.

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